With summer at an end and fall in the air, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s holiday projects. You can give the holidays a personal touch by creating your own homemade gifts or holiday decorations. DIY projects are also a good way to get the kids psyched about the holidays.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, supplies, or a bit of know-how, the shopkeepers in Downtown Alameda will be delighted to help you with ideas for your holiday projects. Here are some local shops and classes to check out:
The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street)
This shop is part art studio and part art store. You can stop by just about any day of the week to make beautiful gifts created from fused glass — staff will be happy to show you fusing techniques and how to use the tools. It’s also a terrific place to learn mosaic or decorative paint techniques that can transform household accessories into truly unique gifts. Information and class schedules: 510-263-0337, www.ArtisticHomeStudio.com
Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street)
From beads and stones to tools and wire, this craft and jewelry store has a plethora of supplies for any arts and crafts project. They also offer fun classes on numerous jewelry making techniques. Get inspired and create your next gift with help from this shop! Information and class schedules: 510-337-1203, www.BeadInspirations.com
Pippa & Co. (2544 Santa Clara Ave)
Pippa & Co. is a one-of-a-kind whimsical store specializing in unique and handmade party decor, celebration accessories, and gifts. Pippa & Co. also offers crafts and design workshops where you can learn a new skill, meet new friends, and have fun while creating a gift with your own hands. Information and class schedules: 510-523-3561, www.pippaco.com
The Sewing Room (2434 Webb Avenue)
The Sewing Room is a sewing workshop and retail store offering lots of fun craft and gift ideas. You’ll find everything you need to start a project — fabric, sewing patterns, and pre-assembled kits. They also offer sewing classes for kids and adults. Information and class schedules: 510-332-9807, www.thesewingroomalameda.com
The ReCrafting Co. (2449 Santa Clara Avenue)
The ReCrafting Co. is the crafter’s resource for quality recycled crafting materials, supplies, and tools at prices far below original retail. Visit the store and be inspired by the ever-changing inventory of quality recycled crafting supplies (sewing, needle craft, and more) and how-to craft books. Information: 510-263-0249, www.therecraftingco.com
C&M Upholstery & Fabrics (1211 Park Street)
Looking for a unique fabric piece to enhance your holiday gift project? You’ll find hundreds of fabrics in stock at C&M Upholstery & Fabrics. Don’t forget to check out their sample sales too. Information: 510-865-7171, www.cmupholsteryandfabrics.com
Twirl (1424 Park Street)
Grandparents appreciate gifts that are handmade by the kids. Twirl is Alameda’s newest design lab (and play gallery) for little ones! Drop-in with your child for open studio or sign up for one of their classes to make anything from nature-inspired gifts to paintings or paper art. Information and class schedules: 510-473-0812, www.twirlalameda.com
Alameda Custom Framing (2445 Santa Clara Avenue)
Your holiday gift project is finished and ready to be framed… Alameda Custom Framing is a terrific place to frame your pictures, photo collages, art, or anything. The owners are very friendly and provide the best quality of framing work. Information: 510-522-1882
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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit www.DowntownAlameda.com.
Save the Date! Downtown Alameda’s 22nd Annual Classic Car Show is October 10. More than 400 classic vehicles will rev up Park Street!